A one-day conference - with the same speakers and content repeated the next day

Some children and young people ride the rollercoaster of life more easily than others.
Learn from the World’s leading experts on How to reduce and treat the effects of childhood adversity. Become trauma-informed and trauma-responsive.

For those with a background or interest in the mental health and well-being of children and young people. Young Hearts & Minds brings together the world’s leading experts to present their latest research findings.
Trauma passes down the generations and affects children and young people, their families and the communities they live in.
See what trauma does to people. Hear how it can be healed. Act to help prevent it.

Together we can be the change!


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See below speakers that have been confirmed, more to follow...

Dan Siegel

Clinical professor of psychiatry and author
Dan Siegel

Clinical professor of psychiatry and author

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, founding co-investigator at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities.

Dr. Siegel’s psychotherapy practice spans thirty years, and he has published extensively for the professional audience. He serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes over 70 textbooks. Dr. Siegel’s books include his five New York Times bestsellers: Aware: The science and practice of presence; Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.: The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include: The Power of Showing Up also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., The Developing Mind, The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, Parenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.), The Yes Brain (also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D). He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx. For more information about his educational programs and resources, please visit: www.DrDanSiegel.com and www.mindsightinstitute.com.

Bessel van der Kolk

Psychiatrist, Author and Educator
Bessel van der Kolk

Psychiatrist, Author and Educator

Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D. has been active as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress and related phenomena since the 1970s. His work integrates developmental, biological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment. His book Psychological Trauma was the first integrative text on the subject, painting the far-ranging impact of trauma on the entire person and the range of therapeutic issues which need to be addressed for recovery. He is also the author of many other books on the subject including “The Body Keeps The Score”.

Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development in traumatized children and adults, and the psychobiology of trauma. He was co-principal investigator of the DSM IV Field Trials for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His current research is on how trauma affects memory processes and brain imaging studies of PTSD.

A former Harvard Medical School professor of psychiatry, Bessel van der Kolk has served as president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, medical director of the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, Massachusetts, director of the Complex trauma Network within the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, and professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. He also serves as a Senior Fellow at The Meadows drug rehab and psychological trauma treatment center in Arizona.

Sue Carter

Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Brain/Body Center, University of Illinois at Chicago
Sue Carter

Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Brain/Body Center, University of Illinois at Chicago

C. Sue Carter, PhD is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where she was the former Director of the Kinsey Institute and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she co-directed the Brain-Body Center in the Department of Psychiatry. She formerly held the position of Distinguished University Professor of Biology at the University of Maryland and prior to that was Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Ecology, Ethology and Evolution at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Carter is past president of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society and holds fellow status in that Society and in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Award. She has authored more than 300 peer reviewed publications that have been cited over 25,000 and has edited 5 books including “Attachment and Bonding: A New Synthesis” (MIT Press, 2006).  Dr. Carter discovered the important role that oxytocin plays in establishment of social bonds and parental behavior.

Schedule for both days

More detail on the programme to come...

22 or 23 June 2020

  • Registration
    08.30 - 09.30
  • Welcome by Member of Action Trauma Team
    09.30 - 09.45
  • Keynote 1 - Bessel Van Der Kolk
    09.45 - 11.00
  • Keynote 2 - TBC
    11.00 - 12.00
  • Lunch Break
    12.00 - 12.45
  • Keynote 3 - TBC
    12.45 - 14.00
  • Keynote 4 - Sue Carter
    14.00 - 15.00
  • Break & Networking
    15.00 - 15.15
  • Keynote 5 - Dan Siegel
    15.15 - 16.30
  • Keynote 6 - TBC
    16.30 - 17.15
  • Conference Finish
    17.15 - 17.30
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